I am lost for words. To sell his first championship for a good cause like this is unheard of.

NBA.com: Ron Artest is promoting mental-health awareness.

That’s it.

There is no punch line.

No big finish, no rim shot, no laugh track. Just the starting small forward of the two-time defending champions visiting a middle school Thursday in the Los Angeles suburb of Montebello to call for passage of federal legislation and encourage students to reach out to a health-care worker if they need.

Artest is telling others to get help. Yeah, he knows. He knows he’s asking for it. He knows every Internet comedian will jump on this with some crack, mostly behind the anonymity of a screen-name handle, of course. But he doesn’t care because shining a light on an urgent topic is more important to him.

Here’s how more important:

Artest finally won a title in June after 11 regular seasons of trying … and now he’s planning to sell the championship ring as a fundraiser to put more psychologists, psychiatrists and therapists in schools.

“I’m never going to put it on,” he said.

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  • Robert.

    Ron is ‘da man’.
    a billionaire should buy the ring for $1M, for donation to his cause, and give the ring back to Ron.

  • 242LakerFan

    WOW! When Ron commits, he’s in all the way! You go through all that to earn that ring, then it really means something to donate it to a cause like that. My respect for this guy just went through the roof!

  • http://www.twitter.com/TLN24 Marwan Marzina

    LeBron will end up being the top bidder.
    Jokes aside, I am lost for words. Has there been anyone, in the history of the world that is doing something Ron is doing? My respect for Ron has increased, although it was already at its peak, it somehow increased to an unimaginable level (if that makes sense).
    Don’t worry Ron, you’ll get the ring back next June.

  • laker fan for life and death

    why does he keeping doing crazy stuff. Just fundraise the money . Why give up your ring? Do you really think Kobe would do something like this?
    Ron needs to chill he is starting to draw bad attention every day now.

    • 242LakerFan

      How is this bad? Do you know how much a genuine NBA Championship ring could go for? It’s not as if there are hundreds of them around to begin with. Plus, the buyer gets to be the first one to wear it?
      If I had that kind of money, I’d give him a mil for it, then I’d show up at half-time of the Christmas Day game and present it back to him in his own personal ring ceremony at Staples with the Three um-Egos watching!

  • Lakers=beast

    holy crap….ron ron….you DA MAN

  • Paul

    Damn. That ring may be the only one he gets >_>

  • Str8 Ballin

    after all the HARD WORK, ur gonna sell ur first Ring? ar u kiddin? I Didn’t know u can sell ur NBA Ring or maybe try to sell it to LeBrick, so he can have 1 ring lol.

    • 242LakerFan

      I’m sure he’ll put in a good bid, Like Marwan said. Although he might have some stiff competition from the Chuckster. At least Lebron is still technically eligible to win one.

  • http://57.amklac laffs atu

    666fakerfan,your the biggest sissy on this faggy site…be proud loser.

    • imfasterthanur

      Unless you know “666fakerfan” (very creative name btw, you must be really smart) on personal level, why be so hostile?

      Did your mommy not hug you enough as a child that you have to present yourself as an internet thug?

      Please share, my brotha’.

  • slap em

    u guys are out of your mind if you believe he’s going to sell the real deal. pretty easy to make an exact duplicate and say it’s the og.

    but good idea anyways by ron.

  • Kobe bi curious?

    This will help out young kids like laffs at u who needed help in school with mental illness

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